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What Laws Should Robots Obey?

June 30, 2017

  This morning saw a report published by the Royal Society and British Academy recommending an over-arching law of robotics: “Humans should flourish.” r http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-40423595 r Using the opening paragraphs of the news article as a stimulus, invite pupils to question the findings: Should the main law for robots be: “Humans should flourish.”? r Of…

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P4C Thought Experiment: The Us

June 6, 2017

This week, a stimulus that seeks to go beyond the rough-and-tumble partisanship of election debates to a more profound approach to thinking about a just society. The stimulus and enquiry plan is attached as a PDF here, and there’s an audio version of the stimulus here: r r It’s called “The Us”, and is an…

Are flying cars a good idea?

May 17, 2017

A small company in Japan have just been given funds to research the ‘SkyDrive’ – a flying car for the future. Click here for this week’s Newsround article. The story makes a brilliant stimulus for thinking about our relationship with technology, and is answerable for thinkers aged 4 to 40. For younger pupils, you might…

Is it time to scrap gender specific awards?

May 8, 2017

The first part of Emma Watson’s acceptance speech makes a good stimulus for this topic. It pushes one view, but the group can argue both sides of the question. What would happen if one gender or another kept winning the award? Given the (sad) fact that most of the juiciest roles are still for male…

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